Fifty artists from different ethnic minority groups have depicted lives and cultures of people from equal number of ethnic minority groups living in different parts of the country at a group art show now running at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The show, titled ‘Cultural Lives of Ethnic Communities in Paintings’, features a total of 150 artworks, done in different styles and mediums, depicting the colourful and distinctive lives and cultures of the ethnic minority groups.
The works were produced in a three-day art camp organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at its National Art Plaza in August, 2018.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised the art camp to preserve and promote the lifestyle, language and culture of ethnic minority groups living across the country.
‘The participating artists belong to different ethnic minority groups living across the country. They created the artworks from their experiences that they had gathered while visiting ethnic minority groups living in seven districts of the country. They took photographs of ethnic people and documented their lifestyles and culture,’ said eminent artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma, coordinator of the art camp and the show.
The artworks give the audience a glimpse into the lives and cultures of ethnic groups like Chakma, Pangkhoa, Lusai, Khasia, Khiyang, Tripura, Manipuri, Hajang, Munda, Bowm, Khumi, Mahato, Orang, Shabar and others.
People of these communities in their distinctive dresses, living their colourful lives, their festivals, houses and others have been portrayed in the artworks.
For example, artist Sudip Chakma has depicted the culture of the Chakma community. In his paintings, he has shown, Chakma people doing their household chores,
along with women rearing children, weaving and gossiping in their typical houses.
Artist Rupashri Hajang has painted the culture of Pangkhow people. Hajang’s paintings show
Pangkhoa men and women dancing in their signature attires.
Sithi Sinha has painted the lifestyle of Lusai people. Women and children of the community, along with colourful handmade ornaments worn by women have been depicted in Sinha’s paintings.
The show, which was inaugurated on March 5, will remain open till March 15.
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